Journal article

Interstitial lung disease An approach to diagnosis and management

James Ward, Christine McDonald

Australian Family Physician | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2010


BACKGROUND: Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a term that describes a diverse range of lung conditions, which are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in all age groups. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is the most common ILD in older adults and generally has a poor prognosis. Sarcoidosis is more common in younger adults and generally has a more benign prognosis. OBJECTIVE: This article aims to increase the reader's understanding of the aetiology of ILD and to provide a general approach to diagnosis along with the basic principles of management of these conditions. DISCUSSION: As ILDs can progress to pulmonary fibrosis, early detection is important. The clinical course of ILD varies c..

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